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December 18, 2009|By Michael Sragow

Brothers ***1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Jim ("In America") Sheridan's movie about wartime trauma and the way it drifts through an entire military clan has three of the best performances of the year: Tobey Maguire is a tough, competent Marine who endures a nightmare stint in Afghanistan; Jake Gyllenhaal is his black-sheep brother, who steps up in the family when the leatherneck is away; and Natalie Portman is the military wife who leans on the ne'er-do-well's shoulder when she thinks her husband is dead. Maguire takes his character from sanity to madness and then back again without a single false move.

Opening Wednesday

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel : (20th Century Fox) The chipmunks head to school and face off against the Chipettes in a battle of the bands.

Up in the Air: (Paramount Pictures) A corporate downsizing expert's cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent-flier miles. With George Clooney and Vera Farmiga.

Opening next Friday

It's Complicated: (Universal Pictures) A divorced mother is caught up in a love triangle. With Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.

Nine : (The Weinstein Co.) This musical follows the life of a world-famous film director as he tries to balance the numerous women in his life. With Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Sherlock Holmes: (Warner Bros.) An updated portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and his partner, John Watson. With Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

The Young Victoria: (Apparition) Emily Blunt stars as Queen Victoria in the turbulent first years of her reign. With Rupert Friend and Paul Bettany.

Release dates are subject to change.

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